Tut: Pattern Paper Part 2

Ok, so I’ve shown you how to create pattern papers using ColourLovers pattern swatch and stripe papers. Super easy. Today, we’re adding on and for my example I just used simple circles. But, if you get all creative, you can use your brush or create the shape in Illustrator (maybe you want to draw a bird or your own swirls) and import it into Photoshop as a smart object and then follow this tutorial. Whatever it is you do, here’s how to put it together so that you can easily use this for your digital or hybrid projects. You’ll never

Tut: Adobe Bridge 101

If you have Adobe Bridge and you haven’t used it. You should. It has a lot of features but this should get you started. It’s a really nice application to organize your photos. It comes with the Adobe suit, at least I know for sure the newer package… not sure about the older ones. I use it on my Mac and PC. I don’t even bother with iPhoto. I don’t like how iPhoto imports pictures. Also, since Bridge is connected to (I believe all) my other Adobe suit apps I can easily open files with the appropriate application. In general,

Tut: Create a Pattern Paper, Part I

I say part I because this is the easiest pattern you can do — stripes. For the second time I’m using ColourLovers for this tutorial. There are so many cool things that you can do on that site. I’ll show you more later if you haven’t figure them out yourselves yet. Those who has PSE will also be able to go through this tutorial. You have the pattern and fill option. TFW — thanks for watching! EDIT: If this is your first visit, don’t forget to check out creating pattern using the pattern sample from ColourLovers. Oh, also, don’t think

Tut: Using Patterns From ColourLovers.com and Freebies

Before I forget… have you visited Shabby Princess lately? They have a new freebie kit. Check it out, very nice!! Also, Weeds and Wildflowers are having their 1st year anniversary celebration. On their blog they have a mini kit freebie (very nice looking) and it’s only going to be up for 24 hrs. There will be a new giveaway until Sunday, so bookmark them, add them to your rss or subscribe via email. Whatever… but W&W is one of my favorite stores. I’d love to be Gina’s CT/guest {::SMILES}. Last week I posted some Kuler info and also a one

Tut: Weathering and Antiquing

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4qppGouxis This is a super easy technique using your eraser and burning tool. Once you’re done with the process, you’ll have something that will look worn. I did this in Photoshop CS3 but I think any software that has an eraser and burning tool will be able to give you the same effect. I haven’t used this technique in a while but I think I’ll try to do something with it this weekend at my crop. If you want to download the image on the left to use in your layout. Please feel free too. Just use the Creative Commons

Tut: Texture Overlay

I think this is a fun technique. You can use it on your photo as my video shows, or you can use this on your paper, alpha, etc. Give your work a dirty/grungy look. Incorporate your dirty/grungy brush for some cool visual (and easy) visual effect. I am almost sure you can use this technique from PSE 4 to PS CS3 on a PC/Mac. On my Mac’s PSE 4, look at your layer palette. Right under the word layer there is a drop down that probably says normal. Next to that is the opacaity. Change normal to overlay and move